11 Apr 2019, 00:57 AM

10 April 2019 - During his visit to the United Arab Emirates, Minister of Culture Aleksandar Bogdanović met with his UAE counterpart Noura Al Kaabi. Ministers Bogdanović and Al Kaabi discussed the possibilities for cooperation between the two countries in the field of culture.

They pointed out that it is of the utmost importance to sign as quickly as possible the agreement on cooperation in the area of culture. The meeting also discussed the exchange of experience in the field of the development of creative industries, which were stressed as very important for encouraging the development of products and services based on elements of culture and art, as well as linking artists from the two countries.

Minister of Culture of Montenegro Aleksandar Bogdanović participated in the Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2019, at the invitation of UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development Noura Al Kaabi. This year's Summit discussed the role of culture in global challenges and the impact of creativity and technology on positive changes in the world.

At the Summit, Minister Bogdanović talked with the representatives of the participating countries about similar experiences in the areas of development of cultural and artistic creativity and creative industries and the preservation and protection of cultural heritage. Opportunities for cooperation on joint projects of creative industries, promotion of cultural diversity, protection and conservation of cultural heritage and digitization were also discussed.

Earlier, during the December 2018, to mark ten years of diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Montenegro, the embassy of the United Arab Emirates organized UAE-MNE Cultural Evening on November 27 at the Great Hall of the Cultural and Informational Centre "Budo Tomović".

On this occasion, it was concluded that the audience in Montenegro had the opportunity to enjoy the folklore performances of the cultural, artistic associations from the UAE, in a friendly exchange with the cultural, artistic association from Montenegro for the first time.

10 Apr 2019, 21:25 PM

April 10, 2019 - An exhibition of art photographs, entitled "My Feeling For The Sea", by members of the Association of Adriatic Artists and the Photo Club "Marin Getaldić" from Dubrovnik, was opened on Tuesday evening in the Maritime Heritage Collection of Porto Montenegro in Tivat.

The Adriatic Artists group consists of academic painters, graphic artists, photographers, and talented amateurs from the countries of the former Yugoslavia, who gathered on the social network Facebook and thus started a creative gathering that resulted in exhibitions.
Coordinator of the Maritime Heritage Collection, Dražen Jovanovic, said this occasion is the second time that members of Adriatic Artists have exhibited at this facility, and that this setting opens the summer show season in this collection.
Different identities have been chosen for the eyes and cameras of the members of this art group - all "perfect storms", strong winds, boats and sailing boats that float, rocks and the perfectness of the sea connection in all its forms, unbreakable the relationship between man and sea and all the details of everyday life on the coast. The exhibition is of a sales character.
The "My Feeling For The Sea" setting refers best to the atmosphere and the motifs that come from exposed photos on the canvas because it literally "points" to the sea and smells of it. About fifty artists from several countries of the region will exhibit their works in Dubrovnik and Šibenik after Tivat.
The exhibition presented 53 art photos by 53 authors. "It's a personal exhibition because every one of us has a sea feeling. Our first exhibition in Tivat opened six years ago at Buća Gallery, and this is the second time we are presenting in the Maritime Heritage Collection. The locals know I'm dealing with the sea in my professional as well as my private life. I intended to gather people around me, who are close vocations like me. There is a painter, sculptor, photographer, but photography is the simplest medium when it comes to international co-operation. And then we made an exhibition of photographers," said the initiator of the Group Adriatic Artists, a well-known hyper-realistic painter Boris Dragojević, whose primary occupation is Boka Kotorska and the island of Our Lady of the Rocks.
"Adriatic Artist is a Facebook group that we have three associates of professors, artists and photographers, which brings together a wide circle of photographers and amateurs, some of whom have, in the meantime, emerged as top photographers. Thanks to this group and people from Montenegro who publish their works, we have managed to further promote some of the most beautiful motifs of Boka and our coast. Personally, and as a painter dealing with these sea motives, photography is significant because it is often a template for my artwork. Still, as long as the photograph is rich and powerful as a testimony, as an event, like an atmosphere, it can never have so many "records" as it has a living landscape, a picture of a painter with too much patina or some beautiful woman from the Tivat beach," says one of the founders and leader of the group academic painter Boris Dragojević.
Computer engineer Saša Ivanovic from Belgrade, who finds peace in Trpanj, is a photographer in spirit: "Photography is a way for me to connect with people, to live and to make a living from everyday life. Every time I take a good photo of a soul-minded catharsis, it frees me from my stress, and then I'm happy all week, to the next. There are two types of photographs I love. One is this - a marine landscape and I like to do it during the morning, or late at night when there is the best light, and the other is the so-called street photo, where I photograph people, which I cannot do in Trpanj because it is a bit of a place. When I go to a bigger town, Belgrade, Split - then I'm on the street all day long, wandering for hours, trying to catch some human moments that remain remembered. Me, in the soul."
Architect Darko Čaleta, the construction engineer, presented himself with underwater photography: "I have been three, four years in this group. I am delighted, we travel often, and we have group exhibitions, last year we also had one in Orebic. And this one will be travelling. With this same exhibition, we go to Sibenik, Dubrovnik, Orebic."
The photo exhibition "My Feeling for the Sea" can be visited every day from 9 am to 5 pm in the Maritime Heritage Collection at Porto Montenegro.
10 Apr 2019, 13:05 PM

From April 15th to April 25th, at the 24th edition of the Herceg Novi April Theater Festival (HAPS), under the motto "HAPS as a Challenge", seven theater performances from the country and the region will be shown, as well as the film "Perfetti Sconcsciuti" (Perfect Strangers). According to the selector of the festival, Milina Kovacevic, the concept of this year's HAPS was designed as a comparison of artistic thoughts and challenges for the audience.

"The concept aims to compare the film "Perfect Strangers" according to the original script with the theater adaptation of the play "Black Box", by Niksic Theater. The aim is to compare two versions of the same text - to notice the differences in direction, character interpretation, space projection and other solutions in the play "Ice Cream" – by the Croatian playwright Miro Gavran, in the performance of a private theater from Zagreb and the recent exhibition of the National Theater from Nis. The goal is to compare two readings of the same template in the "Empire's New Clothes", i.e., the drama play for adults and children," says, among others, Kovacevic, explaining that the concept of comparisons leaves the audience to compare what the artists think about capitalism and how they put it before different age groups".

Kovacevic further explains that they simply imagined the situation in which the viewer is ambitious and as such wants to look at both proposed versions.

"We have designed a version where parents and children share a ticket package for two versions of one piece. We imagined that the viewer would present the ticket for a performance by HAPS to a friend, as an invitation to meet and talk," explains the selector of the festival, Milina Kovacevic.

HAPS will be opened with the play "Black Box" by Niksic Theater on Monday, April 15th at 8.30 pm, according to the text by Ana Đordjevic, referring to the film "Perfect Strangers". Directed by Goran Bulajic, and cast is: Simo Trebjesanin, Gordana Micunovic, Jovan Krivokapic, Anja Drljevic, Omar Bajramspahic, Marija Djuric, Nikola Vasiljevic, while on the second night of HAPS, thanks to the Embassy of Italy in Montenegro and Stars Media International Belgrade, the film "Perfetti Sconcsciuti" by Paolo Genovese, will be shown, and the entrance is free.

On Wednesday, April 17th, on the repertoire will be the play "Ice Cream" by the Theater "Gavran" from Zagreb, according to Miro Gavran's text and directed by Boris Svrtan, which features Mladen Gavran and Ana Vilenica, and on April 19th the audience will be able to see the play "Capital" of the Royal Theater "Zetski dom" Cetinje, the dramatization of the work by Karl Marx, signed by Vedrana Bozinovic, directed by Andras Urban. The cast is Jelena Laban, Jelena Sestovic, Pavle Prelevic, Stevan Vukovic while the musicians are Milivoje Picuric piano, Jovan Bjelica guitar, Blazo Tatar drums, and Vedran Zekovic bass guitar.

Already on Saturday, April 20th, in the morning from 10 a.m., "Kapital" will be played by the children of the Royal Theater "Zetski dom "Cetinje", which is the author's project by Petar Pejakovic and Dusan Muric. In this performance is Aleksandar Popovic, Marija Jovicevic, Aleksandra Sovran, Marija Pobor, Anastasija Sovran, Ivana Popović, Anita Jankovic, Vasilije Djukanovic, David Vukovic, Prorokovic Djordjije, Milica Andric, Filip Ivanovic, Andrej Lipovina, Radovic Milica, Marija Andric, Doroteja Buskovic, Dorotea Roganović, Nikoleta Tatar, Kristijan Kadija and Maja Marković. On the same day, at 7 pm, Bitef Theater Belgrade will play "Carevo novo odelo", a dance performance by Bitef dance company. The text and direction are signed by Jelena Kajgo, music by Aleksandra Djokic and choreography by Dejan Volarev. The cast includes Slaven Doslo, Sara Tasic, Una Vujosevic, Jaksa Filipovac, Helena Celap, Una Djuricic, Anja Milosavljevic, Nikola Zivkovic and Natalija Djecevic.

The theater audience will once again have a chance to see the play "Ice cream" by Miro Gavran on April 23rd at 8.30 p.m., but this time in the performance of the National Theater from Nis. The director is Spasoje Z. Milovanovic and Ivana Nedovic and Nadja Nedovic Tekinder are the main acts. HAPS will be closed on April 25th with the performance of the Herceg Novi Theater and JUK Herceg Festival "Carevo novo odelo" in the dramatization of Djordje Stanojlovic, Petar Pejakovic, Goran Slavic, Dejan Djonovic, Milos Pejovic, and Vladimir Milosevic and directed by Petar Pejakovic. The main acts are Dejan Djonović, Milos Pejovic, Goran Slavic, Slavisa Grubisa. Since the start date of the festival coincides with the date of the great earthquake that hit Montenegro and Herceg Novi 40 years ago, one segment of the accompanying program will be dedicated to this event, primarily through the project by Dr Vuk Vukovic. HAPS whose programs, like in the previous years, will be organized in the Hall Park and this year is the result of the cooperation between JUK Herceg Festival and Herceg Novi Theater, supported by Herceg Novi Municipality and sponsors.

Text by D.Djonovic, on April 9th, 2019, read more at CdM

10 Apr 2019, 13:02 PM

Local people in Baosici and NGO Eko Boka appealed to the authorities to protect palastura (Pinna Nobilis) the biggest Mediterranean shell that "returned" to the coastal area on the Herceg Novi Riviera.

Palastura, which is noticed near the swimming pool, is a Mediterranean endemic and is highly endangered due to pollution of the sea, anchored ships, shoreline modification, marina construction, and it often happens that people who dive carry the shells home as a souvenir.

Eco Boka (Ecological Society of Boka Kotorska) addressed a letter to the Institute of Biology of the Sea in Kotor, dr Vesna Macic, who deals with the undersea flora, to visit the location in Baosici where the palastures were observed, and that in order to protect this marine sessile community (which firmly gathers at one place), initiates the necessary procedure for registering the community and its mapping.

They explain that due to the "increasing usurpation of the shore and the formation of artificial beaches, irreparable damage is inflicted to the submarine flora and fauna" and that therefore we should protect a rare, legally endangered species, which completely disappeared from the Herceg Novi Bay area and then re-formed in Baosici, but also in other parts of the coast.

Dr Macic noted that the existence of palastura (Pinna Nobilis) species protected by national legislation was established several meters from the coast - a decision on placing them under the protection of specific plant and animal species, as well as according to Barcelona Convention.

Dr Macic found that the seabed near the small pebble beach has unfavorable conditions for vagile (mobile) organisms that no longer find suitable ecological conditions for their nutrition, propagation and hiding from predators in such locations.

Also, in this part of the aquatorium, she encountered exotic plant submarine species, some of which, besides palastura, are still protected by law. She also noted a relatively dense settlement of brown algae Cystoseira barbata which is protected according to Barcelona Convention.

"This species is protected because it is a builder of coastal biocoenoses that can be compared to forests on land. In the spring and summer period, when it is the maximum growth of this algae, its talus can be as long as more than a dozen centimeters, in addition to creating organic substance and enriching water with oxygen, they are also a favorable habitat for many other organisms, especially for young crabs and fish. Unfortunately, this species (like many others) is endangered because it inhabits small depths and is therefore often under the direct influence of man due to the construction of infrastructure on the coast or the wastewater discharges," Dr Macic said.

She also warned that all works near this location should be carefully carried out as this alga is located very close to the coast.

According to the same legal documents, there is also a sea cucumber (Holothuria tubulosa) that is found on this site.

"With a more detailed survey of the subject location it is possible to determine the presence of some other protected species, but it certainly can be concluded that this is one of the few locations in the Herceg Novi municipality which is still not significantly degraded (dredged or paved), and it should remain as such," Dr Macic said.

Text by Slavica Kosic, on April 9th 2019, read more at Vijesti

10 Apr 2019, 11:43 AM

April 10, 2019 - Turkish TAV could be a company that will take long-term leases at the airports in Podgorica and Tivat, CdM says.

For the time being, TAV has shown the most significant interest in long-term leasing of airports in Montenegro. This Turkish company manages the airports in Skopje and Ohrid, and in cooperation with the French companies, the "Franjo Tuđman" airport in Zagreb.
The TAV airport in Skopje took over a concession in 2012 for a 30-year investment in this airport of 110 million euros and 10 million euros in Ohrid.
However, not even seven months after the public hearing, the Montenegrin Government has not yet considered the concession act, because it was returned due to the defect. It was announced several times that this document would be found in front of the prime minister and ministers, but this has not happened until today.
One of the reasons is that SD Social Democrats demanded to remove a few, as they claim, significant deficiencies that still exist in concessionary documents. As CdM says unknowingly, the SD may differ with specific coalition partners about certain solutions, but differences in the context of legality must not be, as it is not a zone where co can be made.
The TAV company build the airport in Tunis in two years and manages it. Also owned by the same companies are airports in Turkey (Istanbul Ataturk, Ankara, Izmir, Gazipsa near Alanya), Georgia (Tbilisi) and Tunisia (Monastir). TAV is managed by Macedonian airports (Skopje and Ohrid) as well as the airport in Riga (Latvia).
The airport concession is not news in the region. It was done by Albania in 2005 with the airport in Tirana and Croatia with the airport in Zagreb. The list of airports in the surroundings, which are under concessions, extends to Ljubljana, Pristina, Skopje, and the Bulgarian Varnas and Burgas. Last spring, this was done by Serbia with the Nikola Tesla aerodrome in Belgrade - a contract with the Vancy Airports corporation was signed for 25 years.
09 Apr 2019, 13:36 PM

Rector of the University of Montenegro (UCG), professor Dr. Danilo Nikolic and Minister of Science Sanja Damjanovic, opened a co-working space for the needs of scholarship holders of doctoral studies today, in the building of Technical Faculties, equipped by the University of Montenegro in cooperation with the Ministry of Science. As stated from UCG, Nikolic emphasized the importance of this interactive space, in which, as he said, saw an investment of 100,000 euros, as it will establish a quality interaction among students of doctoral studies, their better acquaintance, exchange of knowledge, experience, as well as opening many possibilities.

"We have transformed the space of the reading room and library of technical faculties into this IT corner, which will be used by students of doctoral studies for a certain part of their research. The University of Montenegro plans to implement a number of similar projects this year. Beginning with the structure of the Central University Library reading room used by students of all levels, but also citizens. We finished last year's idea solution, the main project, and this year during the summer holiday we expect the realization of construction works. In addition, the University will allocate significant funds this year for the restoration of existing and the formation of new computer rooms in the faculties. We also plan to introduce the EDUROAM Wireless Academic Network that will enable Internet access for all students of our University," Nikolic said.

Minister Damjanovic said that funds for opening a new space were allocated through the Heric Project, which was supported by the Government of Montenegro. 

"Last year, about 750,000 euros were allocated for scholarships for doctoral research, and we received 19 scholarships, out of which 16 are from the University of Montenegro. This year we also plan to increase this critical mass to another 15 students, because we know that human resources are our biggest capital. The opening of the interactive space is a step further. The funds for opening the co-working space have been allocated through the Heric project, which was also supported by the Government of Montenegro, and I am sure that in the future we will have even more such spaces, especially since we will soon open, together with the University of Montenegro, a Science and Technology Park, which will be a multipurpose space from which not only creative ideas will be built, but also the values that are the needs of our society," said the Minister of Science.

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Text by Vijesti online, on April 8th 2019, read more at Vijesti

09 Apr 2019, 13:32 PM

Students from the Elementary School "Marko Nuculovic" from Ulcinj, Irena Selcanin, Nora Selcanin and Anabela Radulovic, won the third place at the regional competition in programming by pocket computer micro: bits, which was organized by the British Council at the Digital Summit of the countries of the Western Balkans. Led by the teacher Alfredo Marinkovic, they created the project "Smart parking" - an automated system that detects the number of empty places and opens ramps and signals when the parking is full. Participants were asked to make a solution with the help of a pocket computer micro: bit that would be a response to a real problem.

"The idea for this project originated from where we live because there is no parking in our city that operates according to this principle. The ramp rises even though there are no vacant seats, so the drivers circle two or three times inside the parking lot. We have programmed that the micro: bits show the number of vacancies before the ramp itself, so the drivers immediately get the information they need," explains Irena Selcanin, a 9th-grade elementary school student from OS "Marko Nuculovic". 

At the regional programming competition, held within the British Council project "Schools for the 21st Century", students from 13 primary schools throughout the region participated. 

"Today we had the opportunity to see the projects of the pupils who were involved in the pilot phase of the program implemented in the previous two years. Thanks to the £10 million investment of the British government, now all the schools in the Western Balkans will have their own micro: bit devices. In this way, the British Council will enable millions of students to acquire new digital skills and basics of programming required by the modern labor market," said Vanja Madzgalj, director of the British Council in Montenegro. In evaluating the works, the jury took into account the critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the teamwork and programming skills.

"A smart house, parking sensors, a timer for medicines are just some of the projects that kids showed today as possibilities of working with the micro: bit. The biggest benefit of this device is that technology is no longer present only in STEM cases, but it also has applications in language learning, music, history, and geography," said Magda Wood, president of the jury and head of the micro: bit foundation study.

"We are very proud that together with the British Council we work on the program "Schools for the 21st Century". This is our biggest international project that incorporates students from the Western Balkans into the same platform that is applied in the top ten countries in mathematics and science," she added. The stand with the exhibited works of the primary school students from Montenegro was also visited by the Minister of Education Damir Sehovic.

"The most difficult is to change rooted stereotypes, and we need a new system where students will not memorize the material, but where innovation will be encouraged. One of the ways to change the concept of teaching is the digitalization of education. We are grateful to the British Council because now all schools will have micro: bit pocket computers as part of the project "Schools for the 21st Century." Pilot experience is great, and micro: bit coding clubs are expanding. I appreciate that Great Britain has recognized that this project is needed for everyone and what enters our country," said Sehovic.

The three-year program "Schools for the 21st Century" in Serbia and across the Western Balkans is being implemented by the British Council, and in our country is realized in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. It will cover all primary schools in all cities.

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Text by Vijesti online, on April 8th 2019, read more at Vijesti

09 Apr 2019, 13:27 PM

April 9, 2019 - Pianist Yuja Wang and clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer will perform at the XVIII KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days within two concerts, on 7 August in Luštica Bay in Tivat and 9 August in the Church of St. Spirit in Kotor. 

Tickets for these concerts, named 'The Blue Hour Magic', are on pre-sale with a limited quantity and at discounted prices at and Tobacco S Press kiosks.

This anticipated concert is part of the exclusive world tour of these two artists on the occasion of promoting a new CD released for the prestigious publishing house Deutsche Grammophon.
Both artists have already performed at the KotorArt Festival with great success. Yuja performed last year at two concerts, with violinist Leonidas Kavakos and percussionist Martin Grubinger. Andreas Ottensamer performed with our well-known guitarist, Miloš Karadaglić and the accordionist, Ksenia Sidorov, in 2016, in the unique atmosphere of Luštica Bay.
"With many years of cooperation with the KotorArt festival, Luštica Bay has established a healthy foundation for cultural and artistic development, which brings us remarkable musical events of the world rank every year. After their performances and visits from the past, this will be an extraordinary opportunity for both of them to be our guests and convince ourselves of the progress that Luštica Bay has made over the past, thanks to the collaboration on Andreas' new album," said Slavica Milić, senior marketing executive of Luštica Bay.
Since 2011, Andreas Ottensamer has been the first clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic. As the exclusive artist of the Dojca Publishing House, he recorded the album Portraits - The Clarinet Album (2013), Brahms - The Hungarian Connection (2015), as well as CD New Era, for the Publishing House of Deka Klasik (2017).
Yuja Wang, a pianist who speaks in both superlatives and audiences and music criticism around the world, is recognisable by the unique blend of technical excellence, musical reflection and emotional depth. She is a resident artist in prestigious world salons such as Carnival Hola in New York and Konzerthaus in Vienna. Her love of fashion is used as a "weapon" in changing attitudes when it comes to performing in concerts, the PR official at KotorArt International Festival said.
09 Apr 2019, 13:29 PM

At the 16th International Scientific Conference of the Montenegrin Sports Academy, held in Dubrovnik from April 4th to 7th, Dasha Pruš, from the University of Ljubljana, was named the best young scientist, and Rozelin Okeh, from the University of Newfoundland, Canada, for the best woman in science.

The conference, which UNESCO's International Council for Sports Science and Physical Education declared as one of the most significant sports events for 2019, gathered 223 delegates from 42 countries, while 367 authors and co-authors signed the scientific works.

In addition to the Montenegrin Sports Academy, the organizers of the conference are the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education from Niksic and 12 partner universities from the EU and the region.

"The undivided opinion of the participants and the organizer of the conference is that the conference justified all expectations and that the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education and the Montenegrin Sports Academy made an additional step in the promotion of sports science and its significance, but also in linking the scientific and research community of the participating countries," said the chairman of the conference, prof. Dr Dusko Bjelica.

The novelty of this year's conference is the CEEPUS training school "How to write and publish scientific work in the field of sports science", which was followed by 32 postgraduates and doctoral students. They had the opportunity to participate in the discussions led by eminent regional and world scientists and researchers in the field of sports, social, humanistic and medical sciences. "A great acknowledgement to this conference is the open possibility of holding the next conference in France because the French University, Côte d'Azur, expressed interest for the next conference to be held in Nice, Antibes," the organizers said.

This is the first conference organized outside of Montenegro. Previous conferences were held in Bar, Kotor, Tivat, Herceg Novi, Podgorica and Budva. Scientific papers from the conference will be published in the magazines Sport Mont, the Montenegrin Journal of Sports Science and Medicine and the Journal of Anthropology of Sport and Physical Education, which are indexed in prestigious world-wide international databases.

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Text by Svetlana Mandic, on April 8th 2019, read more at Vijesti

08 Apr 2019, 23:51 PM

08 April 2019 - At the second Digital Summit of the Western Balkans, held last week in Belgrade, the Municipality of Herceg Novi was presented by the Vice-President Danijela Đurović. She took active participation at the panel Digitization as a driver of local socio-economic development.

"Local governments play a key role in the digitization of services because they can make their complete availability and the easiest use for every member of the society," Đurović pointed out.

In this regard, the presentation by Vice President Đurović at the Digital Summit of the Western Balkans focused on examples from real life, precisely the concrete ways in which the Municipality of Herceg Novi used digital development for the modernization of the work of the public administration.

One of these services is "System 48", which allows citizens to apply, send a request or inquiry to the local government by invitation, message, email or through the website. In addition to the existing Civic Bureau, a branch office was opened on the Riviera, which is connected to the central system. The tourist organization has introduced with electronic cards that connect the offer of the city, provide discounts for tourists and easier information with QR code. The town is also constantly working on the best coverage of the city with free internet. Another example that Đurović referred to is the "Find & Park" concept, which plans to implement the Parking Service.

"As one might feel, the focus of introducing such services is "bringing local government closer, better communication, easier aging of rights and fulfilling obligations"," Đurović said.

In addition to Đurović, Darko Mrvaljević and Boran Ivanoski from NALAS (Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe) spoke on the panel on digitization as a driver for the development of local communities.

The Digital Summit, which brought together about 3,000 participants from 30 economies of the Western Balkans, Europe and the world, was opened by Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Marija Gabriel and the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union Houlin Gao.

The Digital Summit was initiated by the Multi-annual Action Plan for Regional Economic Cooperation within the framework of the Berlin Process, an initiative aimed at improving regional cooperation, and the first such meeting took place last year in Skopje.

08 Apr 2019, 22:43 PM

07 April 2019 - Minister of Defence Predrag Bošković participated in the Bell Helicopter Textron Demonstration Day, organised by the Ministry of Defence, the Embassy of Canada and Bell Helicopter Europe. 

At the military airport "Knjaz Danilo" in Golubovci, numerous guests and representatives of the media had the opportunity to see characteristics of the Bell 412 EPI, which is owned by the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Montenegro, but also the new type 505 Jet Ranger X. 

Minister Bošković stressed that the fleet of gazelles, which the Montenegrin Air Force owns are rather old since they are older than 30 years and that the Ministry of Defence is considering replacing the entire fleet of gazelles with helicopters of similar characteristics over the next five years, and one of them is undoubtedly Bell 505. This will provide more safety and security to the pilots in carrying out tasks.

Bell Helicopter Textron Demonstration Day Held in Podgorica

"Our armed forces are small but, as part of the Alliance, I believe that we have a significant role in this part of the Western Balkans, which we can perform with this type of equipment even better," Minister Bošković said. 

"Everybody helped us do this job quickly and easily," Bošković said, pointing out that the entire job was done for an incredible period of fewer than nine months.

Furthermore, cooperation with the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the Embassy of Canada enabled the Armed Forces of Montenegro and its aviation to be the first country in the Balkans to have Bell's multifunctional helicopters, the 412 EPI.

Bell Helicopter Textron Demonstration Day Held in Podgorica1

The Demonstration Day was also attended by Ambassador of Canada to Montenegro Kati Csaba and Bell managing director for Europe Duncan Van de Velde. Ambassador Csaba pointed out that Canada will continue to support Montenegro's overall efforts to improve the Montenegrin defence system, and expressed its satisfaction that the cooperation between the two countries in the field of defence resulted in the procurement of three multifunctional helicopters. 

Van de Velde said that his company is particularly proud of cooperation with Montenegro, and expressed hopes that the collaboration will be continued and improved in the future.

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